Richard White: Artist/researcher critically exploring walking, social media and intangible cultural heritage.
Performative walking as a creative, ecological, non-confrontational engagement with obscured and reluctant heritage.
My on-going investigation addresses the physical, sensory, emotional and intellectual experience of walking in particular places. I want to understand, reveal and express embodied knowledge activated or generated through walking. My work generates content rooted in the complex layered mesh of embodied memories/ knowledge/experience emerging through intra-action with the material world.
I am testing social media as a tool to document this, to connect with, re-purpose and contribute to shared archives, to engage with on-line networked audiences, explore new forms of behaviours and uncover further layers of cultural heritage. Working with the new sociotechnical practices facilitated by mobile media devices, I am fascinated by the prospect of digital networked memory. Media gathered and networked in shared archives becoming searchable and interconnected. Individual memory becoming linked, shared and networked through digital archives
I am intrigued by the possibility of being at the point where the physical and the virtual meet.
My specific focus is in outdoor contexts, primarily rural but eschewing the arcadian resonances of walking for pleasure or enlightenment. I am seeking to develop my practice though the exploration of walks that were done out of necessity or coerced in some way, from walks to work to walks at gunpoint
I am using Viewranger and Social Hiking as my principal tools linked to social media accounts.
I am indebted to all those who I have worked with over many years and particularly to those who I am currently working with:
artists: Ali Pretty and Lorna Brunstein
creative/technical experts: Aneta Gorka and Adam Jansch
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